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Royals' Michael Taylor: Retreats to bench Saturday
Taylor isn't starting Saturday against Cleveland.
Taylor started the last two games and went 2-for-6 with a strikeout. Drew Waters will take his place in center field and bat eighth Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Nate Eaton: Takes seat Saturday
Eaton isn't starting Saturday against the Guardians.
Eaton is getting a chance to rest after he went 1-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a walk over the last two games. Hunter Dozier will take his place at the hot corner and bat sixth.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Michael Massey: Homers, scores twice in loss
Massey went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and an additional run scored in Friday's 6-3 loss to the Guardians.
Massey reached on an error and scored on a Drew Waters homer in the third inning before adding a solo shot of his own in the fifth. Massey received steady playing time in September, hitting .236 with three homers, a steal, six RBI and 10 runs scored across 20 games. He's at a .247/.314/.392 slash line with four long balls, 15 RBI, 16 runs scored and three steals across 48 contests to begin his big-league career.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Drew Waters: Pops homer in loss
Waters went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Friday's 6-3 loss to the Guardians.
Waters opened the scoring with his blast in the third inning. The outfielder has homered in two of his last six games, though he's seen his playing time slip with Edward Olivares back from the injured list after a two-month absence. Waters is up to a .237/.333/.447 slash line with three homers, 12 RBI, 10 runs scored, five doubles and a triple through his first 27 major-league contests.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Brady Singer: Tagged with six runs
Singer (10-5) allowed six runs on seven hits and a walk over 5.2 innings Friday, striking out six and taking a loss against Cleveland.
Singer kept the Guardians off the board through four innings before coughing up an RBI single to Will Brennan in the fifth frame. Cleveland then piled on five runs in the sixth, including Jose Ramirez's three-run shot. Singer had won six straight decisions dating back to Aug. 9 before Friday's rough outing; he posted a 1.89 ERA and a 50:12 K:BB during that stretch. The 26-year-old righty finishes the 2022 campaign with a 3.23 ERA and a 150:35 K:BB through 153.1 innings.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Hunter Dozier: Retreats to bench Friday
Dozier isn't starting Friday against the Guardians.
Dozier is getting a day off after he went 6-for-14 with a home run, a triple, a double, four RBI, two runs, a walk and three strikeouts over the last four games. Edward Olivares will serve as the designated hitter and bat fifth.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Jonathan Heasley: Takes ninth loss
Heasley (4-9) allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits and one walk while striking out one across 4.2 innings to take the loss Thursday against Detroit.
Heasley was hit hard throughout his start, as he allowed five extra-base hits -- including two homers. He entered the game having tallied a quality start in three of his last four appearances, though he also allowed seven earned runs in the other start during that span. Heasley should take one more turn through the rotation this season, and he'll enter that contest with a 5.00 ERA and 66:45 K:BB across 99 innings.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Max Castillo: One more start to close out 2022
Castillo is listed as the Royals' probable starting pitcher for Sunday's game in Cleveland.
Through his first three starts as a member of the Royals after coming over in a trade with the Blue Jays on Aug. 2, Castillo has logged a 5.93 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 13.2 innings. He'll get one final chance Sunday to try and end the season on a high note, but Castillo will likely have to compete for a spot in the Royals' Opening Day rotation next spring regardless of how he fares against the Guardians.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Edward Olivares: Racks up three hits
Olivares went 3-for-5 in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Tigers.
Olivares knocked three singles in the contest, but the Royals' lone run was an MJ Melendez leadoff solo shot in the first inning. Since returning from a two-month absence with a quadriceps injury, Olivares has hit .333 with a home run, three RBI, seven runs scored and four doubles across 10 games. The outfielder has seized a near-everyday role to close out the year, playing mainly in the corner outfield spots while fending off challenges from Kyle Isbel and Drew Waters for playing time.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Jose Cuas: Optioned to Omaha
Cuas was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Thursday.
Cuas picked up the win in his last appearance and has posted a 2.57 ERA in September, but his 1.86 WHIP this month suggests he got a bit lucky, and the Royals decided to remove him from the roster to open up a spot for fellow reliever Taylor Clarke.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Taylor Clarke: Taken off injured list
Clarke (oblique) was activated from the 15-day injured list Thursday.
Clarke tossed an inning in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha on Monday, and that was all the Royals needed to see before adding him back to the roster. Clarke has posted a 2.73 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 31:8 K:BB over 29.2 big-league innings since the start of June, so he could be used in high-leverage spots the rest of the way.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Michael Massey: Missing from Thursday's lineup
Massey is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Tigers.
Massey has been getting chances to show what he can do against left-handed pitchers, but he will not be in there Thursday against southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez after going just 6-for-38 (.158) over his last nine games. Nicky Lopez will man the keystone in Massey's place.... See More ... See Less
Royals' MJ Melendez: Tallies 18th homer
Melendez went 1-for-3 with two walks and a solo home run Wednesday against the Tigers.
Melendez took Will Vest deep to lead off the game for his 18th homer of the season. Melendez now has three home runs across his last seven starts, though he's gone hitless on four occasions in that span. Through 503 career plate appearances, Melendez owns a .314 wOBA and 101 wRC+.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Daniel Lynch: Takes loss despite strong effort
Lynch (4-12) allowed two earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out four across six innings to take the loss Wednesday against the Tigers.
Lynch managed to complete six innings for only the fourth time this season, and for the first time since Aug. 17 -- a span of six starts. He tallied 13 swinging strikes on 101 total pitches, and his only blemish came on a two-run home run by Miguel Cabrera in the first inning. Lynch owns a 4.96 ERA and a 120:50 K:BB across 127 frames for the campaign.... See More ... See Less
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